New York Jets' 2013 Mock Draft: Building the Perfect 7-Round Draft
After the team's near catastrophic 6-10 season, free agency withered the talent of the roster of the New York Jets further.
New York has lost nine of their 22 starters from 2012, and has done little to replace the holes they left behind.
The Jets currently have instability at nearly every major position on offense and defense, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, guard, defensive tackle, linebacker and safety.
New York's futile roster needs to be severely upgraded, and with little salary cap room, the team has to rely on the draft to bring in worthwhile talent.
Gang Green has struck out on recent drafts, and it has created the current mess of a roster. For the team to be even remotely competitive for the next few seasons, they need to hit on basically every pick of this year's draft.
Here is the perfect seven-round mock draft for the New York Jets.
Round 1, Pick 9: Jarvis Jones
With little agreement among experts on how the top of the first round will shake up, the Jets could have a variety of options at the ninth overall slot.
However, in terms of team fit and upside, Jarvis Jones would be a solid selection for New York.
Jones is coming off an average pro day, and it is unknown whether the Jets would consider him this early because of his spinal condition.
The Georgia product has been cleared medically by top doctors, though, and his performance on the field greatly outweighs his unimpressive pro day.
Jones is coming off one of the most dominant defensive seasons in NCAA history. In his junior year in 2012, the outside linebacker led all of college football in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5), and forced fumbles (7).
Jones isn't a one-hit wonder, either. In his sophomore season, he recorded 13.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
The Georgia native has explosive burst off the edge, and is skilled enough to drop back in coverage.
Jones would upgrade New York's futile pass rush immediately, while also filling the gaping hole left by Calvin Pace at outside linebacker.
Round 2, Pick 39: Ryan Nassib
In three years as a starter at Syracuse, Nassib shined. He recorded 67 touchdowns to just 27 interceptions and threw for over 8,700 yards.
Nassib possesses perfect mechanics and good arm strength. The 23-year-old has solid accuracy in the pocket and on the run, and his ball fake leaves nothing to be desired.
The Pennsylvania native is a smart player on the field who limits his mistakes by fooling defenders with his eyes.
Nassib is a perfect fit for the Jets, as he could provide them with a tough, solid decision-maker at quarterback.
The Syracuse product could sit behind either David Garrard or Mark Sanchez in his rookie season, but he has the ability and football intelligence to start in his rookie season for New York.
Round 3, Pick 72: Larry Warford
New York has lost both starting guards from last season in Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson this offseason.
While Willie Colon was a solid signing, the team still has a gaping hole at the other guard position.
Larry Warford would help fill that weakness and provide New York with a young, dynamic player on the interior of the offensive line.
Warford possesses the build and athleticism to be a solid starter at the NFL level in his rookie season.
The Kentucky product has good mechanics and is naturally fluent in picking up surprise blitzes from defenders.
Warford would immediately upgrade New York's interior pass protection while also providing the Jets' running backs with room on the inside on rushing plays.
Round 4, Pick 106: Stepfan Taylor
While Mike Goodson was a solid signing, the Jets still need to upgrade their backfield this offseason.
Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor would make an immediate impact with Gang Green.
Taylor (5'9'', 214 pounds) is a powerful runner with solid vision and a brute rushing style.
Taylor can also make an impact on passing downs, as he is an elite pass-catcher off the edge and a solid pass blocker in the pocket.
New York desperately needs a player of Taylor's ability at the running back position, as he could immediately be a playmaking force on both running and passing plays.
Taylor's game compares greatly to Doug Martin's, and the Stanford running back could have the same impact on New York in his rookie season as Martin did in his first year with the Buccaneers.
Round 5, Pick 141: Robert Lester
New York desperately needs to upgrade the safety position after losing both starters to free agency this offseason.
Robert Lester would provide the team a boost in the secondary, and he would be a terrific selection in the fifth round.
Lester spent his college days playing for the country's most dominant defense, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Alabama native was a key part of the Crimson Tide's success, and he has the ability to transition well to the pass-happy NFL.
Lester has a knack for reading opposing quarterbacks and getting to the ball. He also possesses a solid frame and has the ability to defend both slot receivers and tight ends at times.
While Lester is a dubious tackler, he would fit perfectly in New York's elite secondary and upgrade the defense as a whole.
Round 6, Pick 178: Mychal Rivera
After letting Dustin Keller walk to division rival Miami Dolphins, the Jets need to find a replacement tight end late in this year's draft.
Mychal Rivera would fit with the team's offensive scheme perfectly, as he is an athletic pass-catcher and decent blocker.
Rivera lacks ideal size for the position at 6'3'', 244 pounds, but he has above-average speed and solid hands.
The Tennessee product is a force on upfield routes, as he boasts the athleticism to gain quick yards after the catch.
Rivera is no Antonio Gates, but he would immediately upgrade New York's interior passing game and provide New York's quarterback with a solid downfield threat.
Round 7, Pick 215: Alec Lemon
With Ryan Nassib in hand, why not gamble on his 1,000-yard receiving buddy in the final round of the draft?
Nassib and Lemon possessed an outstanding chemistry during their time at Syracuse, with Lemon even becoming Nassib's favorite target in 2012.
Lemon isn't elite in any area, but he boasts good size (6'1", 202 lbs) and decent speed (4.59 40-time).
Seventh-round picks are the perfect time to gamble, and picking up the second half of a dynamic passing duo is bound to have its rewards.
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